18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

I’m curious, do you find it easier to swing your feet out of bed when a cool crisp day awaits, or does it just make you want to curl up under the covers for a few more minutes? If you’re like me, then it feels like an invitation to start fresh and new with a crisp clean slate. And there’s no better way to start than with a delicious and satisfying breakfast, especially one of these 18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts! From there you can move on to enjoy the beauty of the season, complete with a classic autumn dinner, some seasonal side dishes and all wrapped up with a scrumptious fall dessert.

18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

Pancakes & Baked Goods

There are so many baked goods options for a delicious breakfast. You can always add a breakfast meat, or eggs or yogurt if you want to up your protein intake to get the day started. And most of these already take full advantage of seasonal fruits.

When you take a whole wheat pancake and dress it up for fall you end up with Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes. And just so you know, we eat these for dinner with a meat and fruit, probably more than we would like to admit.

These Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show. Try them and you’ll see.

If you’re not as crazy about sweets, then these Cinnamon Chip Scones are for you because they’re not overly sweet. You can always add a little more sugar to your coffee or tea if you must!

1-Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples literally take one minute to cook in the microwave. Add some yogurt and your favorite granola and you’ve hit most of the food groups first thing in the morning.

Pear Tart with Cream Cheese Icing takes a roll of crescent rolls to a whole new level. It makes a sweet breakfast treat, but it would make a nice little dessert too!

These Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls are so easy because they begin with frozen dinner roll dough. Simply mix up a few ingredients to pour over the top and you have a company-worthy fall breakfast!

 Muffins

Muffins are such a quick way to enjoy baked goods. If your weekday mornings are a bit hectic, try mixing up the dry ingredients the night before and set your muffin tin and a mixing bowl on the counter and you’re ready to go. Mix them up and let them bake while you continue getting ready for your day. You may even sneak a few extra minutes to linger over your favorite coffee or tea.

Apple Butter just smells like home to me! You can whip up a batch in your slow cooker in no time at all using this Easy Apple Butter Recipe. Then you can whip up these Apple Butter Muffins too.

If you’ve never made baked goods with Butternut Squash, then this Butternut Squash Muffin recipe is perfect for you. It’s milder and creamier than it’s pumpkin counterpart and really should not be overlooked as a tasty fall treat!

These Cinnamon Streusel Muffins are super easy and the combination of warm cinnamon with some butter spread on top will be all the encouragement your reluctant morning people need to throw off the covers and greet the day.

Gingerbread Muffins pair wonderfully with orange marmalade and the combination tastes like fall. Go ahead and make a double batch because these are a wonderful mid-morning snack, or mid-afternoon, or anytime really!

Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze are sweet, but the tart taste of the cranberries along with the citrus make them taste bright, like sunshine sparkling over a pile of crunchy leaves on a crisp fall morning.

Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Butter makes these Pumpkin Butter Muffins amazingly moist and flavorful. And technically pumpkin is in the vegetable family, so it’s like having veggies for breakfast, right?

Spiced Chai Tea has such a wonderful flavor profile that you just know you’ll love these Spiced Chai Tea Muffin. They’re kind of like a coffee cake but packed with even more flavor!

 

Oatmeal

Do you remember hearing stories about your parents or grandparents having oatmeal for breakfast? Every. Single. Day? It’s a pretty healthy, hearty way to start the day, but I’m thinking theirs may not have been quite as tasty as these Autumn versions. And all of them are made in a slow cooker.

You could call this Apple Oatmeal “Apple Pie Oatmeal”. Go ahead and make up an entire batch of it and just heat it up the next day with a little milk for another breakfast, if it lasts that long that is!

The citrus flavor with the sweet-tart cranberries in Cranberry Orange Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It just sounds like fall and holidays, doesn’t it?!

This Gingerbread Oatmeal is a flavorful combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, cloves and vanilla. Be prepared for lots of thank you texts, comments, hugs and things of that sort.

A hot bowl of oatmeal is a comfort food for fall and winter both, especially if the ground is covered in leaves or snow. I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to a world wrapped in the colors of fall or the soft white of winter and having a bowl of this Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal to go with the view.

Forget the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and try this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal for some wonderful fall flavor. And then you can grab your latte on the way home from the day later if you must.

Which ones are your favorite fall breakfasts?

So, what’s your breakfast preference? Do you even have it? If not, these ideas are a perfect place to start! Which one will you start with?

 

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17 Autumn Desserts to Welcome the Season!

I just love fall. The cool crisp air. The gorgeous vibrant colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. This collection of 17 Autumn Desserts is proof of my love for baking treats with these ingredients.

17 Autumn Desserts

 

 

Pumpkins are for more than Decorating!

1) This Caramel Pumpkin Cake is one of those that quickly jumped to the top [Read more…]

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Over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts

The past few weeks I’ve shared some great picnic ideas to keep your outside dining more interesting than the usual stand-by items. We’ve enjoyed Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food and 40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this collection could never be complete without a round-up of picnic dessert recipes! So today I’m sharing over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts, from those that are lighter and almost snack-like to the more decadent treats.

Muffins – they aren’t just for breakfast!

Muffins aren’t just for breakfast anymore! They make a nice sweet treat after a meal without being too sweet and heavy to toss a frisbee or hike or enjoy whatever adventure you have planned as part of your picnic. Try some of these on your next picnic, and if somehow you have a few leftover, then you have breakfast started for the next day!

Snickerdoodle Muffins

 Bars and Brownies for quick treats that travel way

Bars and brownies are perfect picnic treat because they can be made fairly quickly, spread into a pan, baked and you’re ready for your adventure!

Cookies are always a hit – picnic or no picnic!

Personally, cookies are one of my favorite desserts to pack for a picnic, trip or even a lunch. Many cookies can even be baked ahead of time and frozen so you could grab a dozen of several different types and bring a nice variety on your picnic!

Snacks and Mixes to please every crowd

And a few other treats just because they’re that good!

And just because they’re always favorites, why not whip up some cupcakes? Or bring a small cooler with some fudge in it for a decadent finale to your picnic!

With almost 100 picnic recipes including a nice collection of main dishes, sides and desserts, you should be more than ready to head outdoors and enjoy some great food and time with your family and friends. Why not start a picnic tradition? It may be weekly or the first Friday of each month or the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Which time or specific location isn’t as important as taking the time to gather with your people and enjoying dinner in a slightly new and different way. Somehow a change of venue and a new menu can create memories that last a lifetime.

And let us know what your favorite picnic dishes are in the comments below. Even with all the recipes included in this little series it never hurts to have a few more new ideas. Happy picnicking!

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Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

I’m not sure about you, but we’re really looking forward to Easter this weekend! As you’re considering your final menu and shopping list for Easter, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes. Some have been shared here at Eat at Home Cooks and others are from other blogs. You’ll find a mixture of traditional dishes as well as a few twists on your usual Easter Dinner fare. Whatever your final menu and shopping list includes, I hope your Easter includes a celebration of this holiday and all that it means with your family and friends. And in the meantime, here is pretty much everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Main Course Recipes

Honey Glazed Ham is always a favorite, and with this recipe, you don’t have to buy the prepackaged glaze mix.

This Mustard Orange Glazed Ham is from Laura at Real Mom Kitchen, who adapted an existing recipe to complement the tanginess of mustard with the sweetness of a fresh squeezed orange.

Herb and Olive Oil Roasted Chicken makes a great option for those who prefer a meat other than ham.

Salad Recipes

Shaina at Food for My Family created this Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with asparagus and artichokes that can be prepared up and chilled for several hours while you tend to your other dishes.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad  Tara at Unsophisticook shared her recipe for this refreshing cucumber salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and chilled until the rest of your dinner is ready to be served.

This Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette if perfect for spring with the flavorful mix of berries, nuts and strong cheese. And the dressing recipe mixes up quickly and would be a nice addition to lots of different salads.

Side Dish Recipes

I found this recipe for Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes years ago while preparing one of our first Easter dinners as newlyweds. It was a big hit then with it’s potatoes and loads of cheeses, and it has continued to be a family favorite ever since.

Aimee of Simple Bites has a recipe for Rosemary Potato Strudel with an ingredient list that includes potatoes, rosemary, sour cream and puff pastry. How can it not be tasty with that list of ingredients?

I know the Balsamic Strawberries recipe sounds a bit crazy, but trust me, you really should try this one.

Honey Glazed Carrots are always a favorite with a touch of butter and honey and they free up some oven space since it’s a slow cooker recipe.

Bread Recipes

Hot Cross Buns have been a long-standing Easter tradition that started centuries ago with the Saxons, and it’s always fun to bake a recipe that has stood the test of time.

This  Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread would make a great sweet appetizer to munch on if you’re serving dinner a little later than usual, or even a dessert for those who want some sweetness without an overload of sugar.

This Goat Cheese Biscuit recipe is an adaptation of a biscuit served at Table Fifty Two restaurant in Chicago and Oh my! That’s all I can say about these yummy little things!

Dessert Recipes

There were so many yummy dessert recipes to choose from that they had their very own post earlier this week. You’ll want to check those out before you make that last trip shopping trip. But be warned, you don’t want to check out these recipes if you’re the least bit hungry! Your mouth will definitely be watering.  And if you need even more inspiration, check out this post with 22 more ways to expand your Easter Menu.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of Easter weekends!

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Banana Bread

 

Banana Bread recipe

Banana Bread is the very first recipe I ever shared on my site.  I use the same recipe that my mom has used for years.  It’s reliable, uses basic pantry ingredients and it’s easy to make.

The recipe hasn’t changed from my first post, but my photos and writing have.  I’ve been writing here since October 2008.  That’s a lot of years of practice.

Sometimes I think I’ve made every possible easy recipe under the sun.  So today I decided to go back to the basics.  The wonderful thing about basics is they ground you. These are the recipes that are full of memories.  The basics are comfort foods.

It doesn’t get more basic or more comforting than Banana Bread.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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This is a great way for using up very ripe bananas.  I usually make it plain, but sometimes it’s fun to add pecans, walnuts or even chocolate chips.
Banana Bread

Serves: 2 loaves

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup shortening (butter, margarine, crisco)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips, optional
Instructions
  1. Cream the sugar and shortening with a mixer.
  2. Add the eggs and bananas and mix well.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
  4. Pour into loaf pans that have been greased.
  5. Bake 50 minutes -1 hour at 350 degrees.
  6. Take the loaves out of the pan while they still hot.
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Pumpkin Butter Muffins

These Pumpkin Butter Muffins from Kim look amazing!  

As much as I love pumpkin spice everything, this is my first pumpkin recipe this Fall! (But don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of pumpkin: pumpkin Greek yogurt, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese…well, you get the picture!) I also picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter on my last trip to Trader Joe’s. When I saw Tiffany’s recent post for Apple Butter Muffins, I knew my Pumpkin Butter had a higher purpose.

Pumpkin Muffins EAH

I incorporated some real pumpkin into the muffins too. Because pumpkin is a vegetable, therefore making my muffins *healthy*. That’s my logic and I’m sticking to it!

pumpkin muffins 2 EAH

Shockingly, my super picky 7 year old loved them! I really thought once he heard they were pumpkin, he wouldn’t eat them. He ate 3! A little extra pumpkin butter smeared on these warm, heavenly scented muffins didn’t hurt either.

Pumpkin Butter Muffins

Serves: 12

A perfect muffin for Fall, made with pumpkin and pumpkin butter.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup canned or fresh pumpkin
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Butter (can also use Apple Butter)
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon raw sugar + ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional, for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray (or use cupcake liners.)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, pumpkin butter, milk and egg.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until combined. Batter will be thick.
  5. Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin cups.
  6. Top with raw sugar/spice mixture if desired.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.

If you are having a pumpkin craving and do not have any pumpkin (or apple) butter, here’s another pumpkin muffin recipe you might enjoy!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and an embarrassing number of desserts!

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8 Ways to Serve Cornbread (plus one!)

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I love cornbread. It is absolutely delicious fresh from the oven with a slather of butter and honey on top, and it also is the match made in heaven for some of my favorite meals, like with a good bowl of chili! I love it so much that I keep finding more ways to eat it.

The great thing about corn bread is there are so many different ways to serve it up. While one of my favorite things ever is pulling a skillet of crusty corn bread out of the oven, my life would not be complete with out corn casserole or cheddar muffins being a part of it. Not to mention all the delicious things like cornbread pizza, tamale sandwiches or that delicious plate of chipped beef gravy over cornbread. To me, cornbread is just the perfect fall bread, so I decided to share all of my favorites in one place. I know I said that I was going to share eight cornbread recipes and meals in this post, but I sneaked in a ninth one as a bonus!

Nine of my Favorite Cornbread Recipes

  1. Cornbread Muffins
  2. Yeast Cornbread
  3. Cornbread in a Skillet
  4. Corn Casserole 
  5. Cheddar Muffins
  6. Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread
  7. Mexican Vegetables on Cornbread
  8. Tamale Sandwiches on Cornbread
  9. Cornbread Pizza

Don’t miss the chili recipes!  Chili and cornbread are a perfect combo.

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And because I really have to know: what’s your favorite way to eat cornbread?

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Apple Butter Muffins

Apple Butter Muffins - so easy!

 

Recently I cooked up a batch of Slow Cooker Apple Butter.  This is the easiest thing ever to do.  You start with unsweetened apple sauce and add a lot of spices and some sugar.  That cooks all day in the slow cooker making your house smell amazing!

The apple butter is great spread on English muffins, biscuits or toast.  It’s also fantastic baked into muffins.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Toffee Brownies {4-Ingredients}

Have you ever had a brownie craving, but missing ingredients to make them and only cake mix on hand instead of brownie mix?  I think you’re going to love this recipe from Kim.  She uses a cake mix to make some deeply chocolate brownies that are studded with Heath toffee bits!

I love Heath candy bars and I love brownies, so it was only natural that I put the two together! Since I also adore quick and easy recipes, this dessert only requires 4 ingredients.

Toffee Brownie Ingredients EAH

If you are not a fan of toffee, you can easily substitute your favorite candy or chocolate chips. I’ve made these with mini peanut butter cups, Rolo candies, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips! What can I say, they are so easy to whip up, and there are so many possibilities!

Toffee Brownies EAHThey may not be the most photogenic dessert, but disappear quickly every time I make them! Also, this recipe contains no eggs, so it’s great for anyone with an egg allergy or who doesn’t eat eggs, and with so few ingredients it’s a great “first” recipe for kids. My children enjoy getting in the kitchen and baking up goodies, and this is the perfect rainy day activity (with the added bonus of getting my chocolate fix!)

4 Ingredient Toffee Brownies EAH

Toffee Brownies {4-Ingredients}
Quick and easy Toffee Brownies, made with just 4 ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • 1½ cups Heath Toffee Bits or desired candy/chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease/spray a 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Whisk together until pudding begins to thicken.
  4. Add dry cake mix. Stir until combined.
  5. Spread batter into prepared baking dish.
  6. Top with toffee bits.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool - melted toffee is HOT!
  9. Cut into squares and serve.

*Note: I have vanilla pudding pictured with the ingredients, and chocolate pudding listed in the recipe. I usually use chocolate pudding, but you can substitute different flavors. You can also add additional chocolate chips or toffee bits to the batter if desired. You really can’t have too much chocolate in my opinion!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many, many more desserts!

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How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

 

We’ve been talking pizza here the last few weeks.  We talked about a few pizza game changers you can use to improve your homemade pizza.

And I shared our favorite homemade sauce recipe.  It’s easy and simple so that’s an added bonus.

Today I’ve got a pizza dough recipe for you to try.  This is not a quick dough to make, but it is worth the time.  I adapted this from the free Craftsy pizza making class.  Mostly, I simplified and clarified the recipe.  The original recipe calls for measuring everything on a scale.

While I’m sure using a kitchen scale will yield more consistent results, I’m resistant for a couple of reasons.  First, I don’t own a scale and I know many (probably most) of you don’t either.

And second,  I think there’s something to be said for learning to trust your own judgement when it comes to working with any type of dough.  There’s a satisfaction in making something enough that you begin to know when it needs more flour or when it could use some water.  When to leave the dough to rest a while and when to keep working it.

I’m still in the process of learning to really know my way around the pizza dough, but I am learning.

Before I share the recipe, let’s talk over a few tips.   [Read more…]

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